This is a traditional concert choir, split into the four voices of Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass, and whilst we are not an orchestral/theatrical chorus and neither are we a religious/church choir, we have elements of all of these and more in our catalogue. We have approximately 130 singing members of all ages and from all walks of life.
But I can’t read music!!
Contrary to popular belief you don’t actually need to be able to read music to sing with us. Whilst some of our members do, and it is obviously an advantage, many more rely on recording the rehearsal on their MP3 or Minidisc players to help them learn their lines. We’re used to having these devices shoved under our noses at rehearsals, so don’t worry about that! The Members’ Area of the website also contains downloadable mp3 files of each section’s music to help with learning new repertoire.
What about rehearsals?
During the concert season (usually late August to mid-June) we rehearse every Monday evening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in St.John’s Renfield Church,22 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow G12 0NB (Kelvindale). In general, we perform over 20 concerts per year, though in one memorable year we undertook 40! If the concert season is particularly busy there may be occasional Wednesday evening rehearsals too, particularly in the run up to Christmas. Whilst we do expect a serious commitment most of us have day jobs, so it is accepted that there may be an occasion when you can’t manage a rehearsal or concert. We occasionally hold an Open Rehearsal where anyone can come along and see what we get up to. These are advertised in the local press, this website and on our Facebook page, so watch out for it.
Not only do you get to sing at rehearsals and concerts, you also get to tour with the choir at subsidised rates. If you’ve read about the choir in the Past Events section you’ll already know about some of our escapades! These include concerts and tours throughout the UK and Ireland and occasional tours abroad (for most UK concerts outside of the Glasgow area free transport is provided by private hire coach from Milngavie and Glasgow Buchanan St Bus Station, and Double Tree Hilton, Bellshill). We also get to mix with the professionals occasionally and in the past have accompanied Michael Crawford, provided chorus for the Gubbay Organisation and have even taken part in an episode of BBC Scotland’s TV comedy “Still Game”. More recently we were guest choir with Aled Jones at Paisley Abbey in the first concert of his 2017 UK Tour. As you will know if you’ve looked around our website we also make regular recordings – hard work, but all good fun.
What does Membership cost?
A Singing Member’s annual subscription is currently £70 or, if aged under 21, £35.
Do I have to buy my own music and uniform?
Music and uniform will be provided by the choir and whilst gents will be supplied with both a black and a white concert jacket, and two black shirts, they are required to provide a white shirt, black trousers and black shoes, although we expect you’ve probably got those already!
So how do I join and what happens next?
Click here to contact our Choir Manager for details.
You will be contacted by our Choir Manager who will arrange a short private audition with our Conductor. (You’ll be glad to know you don’t have to audition in front of the whole choir!) Usually this takes the form of a few vocal exercises to establish the range and quality of your voice, and you will be asked to bring along a piece of music of your own choice to sing too. Full details will be given by the Choir manager when they contact you. GOOD LUCK, and see you soon!